So this week, I decided to take a week off of barbell lifting completely. When your body is hurting and you don’t have it then that means that your body is telling you that you need to settle down on barbell lifting. I’m gonna do just that. Take a short break from barbell lifting of any kind.
I won’t stop lifting weights and going to the gym but I’ll stop training the body parts that are hurt like the upper left quad on the leg and my left shoulder is still bothering me a bit too. The injuries are not superbad, just very minor and tiny. So this week at the gym, I only trained the right shoulder only and for leg day, I didn’t bother doing barbell squats at all and only trained the right quad.
That seems to be helping and I’m already feeling better. Yep, like I said in a post before… you’re not gonna heal injuries by continuing to workout through them. When you feel pain, you gotta stop training that body part and stop putting weight on it.
I probably won’t do any deadlifting at all this week either. No bench press next week and will do light lifting on chest with dumbbells and machine instead. If your shoulders are hurting, you gotta stop bench pressing ’cause the bench works the shoulders pretty good.
These injuries are not all that bad… like I said, just “minor”. I’ll stop training those hurt body parts for a week or two and then I’ll be good.
I’m not worried about losing lifting strength ’cause usually when lifters come back from an injury, they usually come back even stronger and their pr’s on the big three usually go up too. Why? It’s ’cause you gave your body time to heal and got more muscle ’cause of it. Getting lifting injuries isn’t always a bad thing really… there can actually be some pretty good benefits getting minor injuries when lifting.
For the next powerlifting meet in Albany, I want to be completely injury free for the next one so I can smash my best lifts. I want to be able to smash 300 lbs. or over on deadlift so in order to do that, you need to be injury free.
Like I said, my injuries aren’t that bad so I won’t need a doctor or anything. I’ll be good in a week or two hopefully.
If you’re injured from the gym, don’t panic. You don’t have to stop lifting in the gym for a while when injured, there are ways to workout around the injuries. Just workout the body parts that aren’t injured… that way you won’t lose muscle and strength. If I’m not completely better next week, I’ll give it a third week. I want these injuries gone completely so I’ll give them even more time.
Getting injuries in the gym suck and yes, I do get ’em once in a while and everyone else does too. Like I said in a post before, when people claim they don’t get lifting injuries they are probably lying. Why would people lie about injuries and keep it to themselves? Well, ego for one thing. They’ll never admit publicly that their form sucks and they don’t want to look ridiculous. It’ll make them look weak if they admitted they got injured in the gym so they’ll never talk about injuries publicly.
I’ll be good in a week or two hopefully. If not then I may as well go see a doctor and see what’s up but I don’t need one for now.
2 thoughts on “Think I need a few weeks off of barbell lifting until my minor injuries heal completely…”
There are a few things that are off-limits for me and barbells. I don’t barbell bench anymore, nor do overhead lifting with barbells. My shoulders just don’t enjoy it. I modify my movements to get around those things. You may have to do that same even after your minor injuries heal.
I can’t stop bench pressing since I’m a competitive powerlifter but as for overhead barbell press, I might give up that completely, I don’t know. Yeah, I blame it on the barbell overhead press that messed up my left shoulder a little bit. I’m gonna have to take a week off of bench press next week and do light lifting on chest next week so my left shoulder injury can heel and go away. It’s getting better, though and my upper left leg is getting better too. I’m not 100% healed yet but getting there.